RARE SET 6 QUEEN ANNE BRITANNIA ROYAL DOG-NOSE SPOONS
Lewis Mettayer, London, 1713, Bearing the Royal Cipher of Queen Anne
A straight set of 6 of heavy gauge .958 Britannia silver, each with a wide flat shaft ending in a wavy-end terminal engraved with the Royal Cipher of Queen Anne within the Order of the Garter* below a Royal Coronet;
the oval bowls with rattail attachment
His principal surviving works include two wine cisterns of 1709 (Untermeyer Collection, New York) and 1712 (The Hermitage); six candlesticks or 1711 (Earl of Spencer); ewer of 1711 (Earl of Ancaster); pair of icepails 1713 (Eton College); dish with royal arms 1718 (Ex Brownlow Collection); and ewer and dish 1720 (Ex St. Martin’s in the Fields)”. (Grimwade, p.196)
*Order of the Garter collar motto :
HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE (shame upon him who thinks evil upon it)
Provenance : A very distinguished American collector, residing in Great Britain
Condition : Excellent; nicely marked; some overall light expected wear
7.75” Long / 14.7 oz.
Anne, Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland,
It is of note that Queen Anne, monarch of Great Britain, 1702-14, daughter of James II, and sister to Mary (of William and Mary), was the last of the Stuart line,
dying at the age of 49 with no heirs to the throne.
As a woman, I find her history and strength remarkable. Before ascending to the throne at age 37, she bore 18 children; but none lived. Most were miscarried or stillborn, one child dying of small pox at age 2 in 1687, and William the longest surviving, dying at 11. She rose above what one would think to be repeated feminine defeat and devastation, family divisions, and her own physical infirmities, to become a strong and beloved leader. She was even able to even unite Scotland and England into Great Britain.
I suspect that, even with our modern education, female "liberation", and health advantages, few women today would be quite so resolved and courageous. Queen Anne sets forth for me a superior example of womanhood..
This set of tablespoons was made with Queen Anne's Royal Cipher and Coronet in 1713, the year before her death.
Closeup of the marks of left spoon above
Closeup of the marks of center spoon below
Queen Anne, painted in 1684, when Princess of Denmark
(Scottish National Gallery)
Also See :
For Augustus Frederick, second eldest son of George III, Duke of York & Albany
William Chawner, London, 1825
Each with a Royal crest
Bearing the Royal Cipher George Rex within the Order of the Garter
London, 1739-57, Maker’s Marks Worn
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